I did some research on this a few months ago…
If you want to Tor, do not install the distro Tor packages unless you want to hide your DNS activity. Instead download the Tor browser Bundle, you’ll be up an running in seconds.
There multiple ways to try to anonymize your Internet activity…
Web Proxies, aka SSL Proxies. Not just web browser, many services can run over HTTPS. I found offered services of all levels of quality.
SOCKS Proxies. Many web apps including web browsers support SOCKS. If you consider this, make sure your apps support the version of SOCKS offered.
Both of the above are application-specific so apps can be secured anonymously while other traffic can use your regular network connection.
For best, fully protected anonymity, you"ll probably need a full VPN, not just specific apps.
When choosing a service, I highly advise reading the fine print regarding privacy whether logs are kept and how long. You will also likely want to consider the country’s laws regarding protection of privacy, eg the USA and its close allies allow and even compel giving up info without warrants and subpoena. Many countries don’t have such laws and just do what they want, that’s the reality of the world we live in.
But, ultimately there is no way to <really> know if a VPN or Proxy service is a schill or intends to truly protect your privacy. It’s very easy to setup a Service, the technology requirements are low and all you really need are a few machines, ample bandwidth, a few IP addresses andsome knowledge about VPNs and routing.
Re Proxify, I tried it for a while as an advertised free service, paid only for specifying “exits” and extra services. But, after a couple weeks I was blocked, asking for a subscription. So, it’s not really free.
Although pricing can vary greatly, I’ve been fairly happy using a Swedish VPN service for under $8/mo that uses OpenVPN and PPTP technologies. The setup instructions are clear and I’ve used both integrated with Network Manager and from the CLI. Before signing up, you can request a 24hr test drive. If you’re interested and can’t find the service, PM me.